31.07.2012 - 31.07.2012 30 °C
Tokyo airport has an incredibly efficient immigration border control, which is rendered pointless due to the inability to unload the bags and cases at more than one a minute. Oh well!
On entering Japan, I was wearing my Superdry hoodie. The cheery immigration officer (never come across one of those before?) asked me about my hoodie. He smiled and informed me that although my hoodie was SuperDry Tokyo, Japan, the writing was in facct in Chinese!
Having finally collected our bags from baggage reclaim, we headed towards the basement to exchange our Japan rail ticket for our Japan rail passes.
Prior to this, we struggled to locate a trolleypark and decided to leave it at the side with a couple of others. Instantly a very jolly man came and took it from us, seeming very pleased.
We booked our seats on the 11.45 Tokyo Narita Express. As we approached the platform, the train was being cleaned and all the seats were turned to face the direction of travel!
This standard class train was probably a lot cleaner, more comfortable and spacious than the majority of the first class carriages in the UK. This train left exactly on time to the second. We arrived in Tokyo at about 12.45.
We set off in search of our hotel in the midday sun. We started off on foot and planned to go through the Imperial Palace Gardens; however there did not appear to be a direct route and so we opted for the metro.
Once at the hotel, we showered before having a nap.
We set off back to Tokyo (centre) and soon realised you were unable to go through the palace. We walked around the perimeter for 2 hours, travelling the opposite direction to all the joggers before ending up back at Tokyo main station. How glad were we that we had decided not to walk to the hotel.
For dinner, we decided to play it safe as we were very tired and had an Italian. Chris ordered a massive pizza and finished it before my dinner of lemon chicken thigh had even arrived.
We went for a wander before heading back for another shower and bed.